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Chelsea were victorious this week when they made the long trip north to face Sunderland at the Stadium of Light.
Xabi Alonso is expected to sign a new contract at Real Madrid by the turn of the year, according to boss Carlo now expects the club to kill all talk of a switch to the Premier League ahead of the January transfer window.
Jose Mourinho takes his men to the Stadium of Light as Chelsea take on Sunderland for the midweek Premier League clash on Wednesday evening.
"He's my man, he's a Chelsea man and it's no problem," commented Mourinho , defending Essien after Chelsea's 3-1 victory over Southampton in which the midfielder had gifted the Saints their goal after just 14 seconds.
We've seen three Premier League goals scored inside 14 seconds this season, but they have all been down to defensive mistakes rather than attacking teams creating great chances.
League Leaders Arsenal went seven points clear at the top of the table with a 3-0 win at Cardiff City in Wales on Saturday.
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After a sloppy start that saw Jose Mourinho's team concede a goal just after kickoff, Chelsea recovered in the second half to close the gap to league leader Arsenal to four points.
Jay Rodriguez scored after just 13 seconds at Chelsea but it couldn't prevent Saints slipping to a 3-1 defeat.
London, England, United Kingdom - John Terry scored in his 400th Premier League appearance as Chelsea snatched solo second place with a come-from-behind 3-1 win over Southampton Sunday at Stamford Bridge.
CHANCE : A superb change of pace from Fernando Torres sees him split Victor Wanyama and Morgan Schneiderlin in midfield.
What a start to the game. Michael Essien looks to loop a pass back to Petr Cech but misjudges it horribly, giving Jay Rodriguez a clean run at goal.
Manchester United's midfield entirely devoid of creativity, Mesut Ozil the king of offsides, Liverpool struggling against big teams and Chelsea are flat-track bullies... He's bloody good at working a massive iPad, he's not a 'medals on the table' type and he genuinely gives insight.